Spain continue to dominate possession but need more penetration

November 14, 2011
Spain continue to dominate possession but need more penetration

A criticism of Spain days after an unfortunate 1-0 defeat to England is always likely to come across as a wild knee-jerk reaction, but Spain’s problems against decent sides have been evident for over a year now. Read more »

Turkey 0-3 Croatia: Bilic shows how to play a 4-4-2 against a 4-3-3

November 12, 2011
Turkey 0-3 Croatia: Bilic shows how to play a 4-4-2 against a 4-3-3

A superb display from Croatia put them in a commanding position going into Tuesday’s second leg. Read more »

Bosnia 0-0 Portugal: both sides play defensively on a very poor pitch

November 11, 2011
Bosnia 0-0 Portugal: both sides play defensively on a very poor pitch

A largely uneventful game, and all square going into the second leg the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday. Read more »

Athletic 2-2 Barcelona: Bielsa stifles Barca by telling his players to stick tightly to opponents

November 7, 2011
Athletic 2-2 Barcelona: Bielsa stifles Barca by telling his players to stick tightly to opponents

Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics managed to hold Barcelona to a draw in an exciting match at the San Mamés. Read more »

Inter 2-1 Lille: both sides poor, and vulnerable in different ways

November 2, 2011
Inter 2-1 Lille: both sides poor, and vulnerable in different ways

Inter overcame Lille in a match lacking in quality. Read more »